A community institution for over 50 years, the White Elephant Shop is a thrift store and so much more. The all-volunteer organization has donated over a million dollars to local non-profits over the years, and now the White Elephant board has hired Karen Martinsen as the organization’s first paid staff member. Martinsen and consultant Cheri Hample visit the KCAW studio to talk about the White Elephant’s past, present and future.
The Morning Interview
Sitka’s White Elephant a community treasure
On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment, but that the incident is ongoing and total recovery costs are unknown. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars. Individual assistance and family grants are also available, at a cap of $16,450 per household. more
The Coast Guard has determined the source of a large diesel spill that spread from Sitka Sound into ANB harbor yesterday morning (08-31-15). The source was a commercial vessel south of ANB Harbor, Since the spill wasn’t reported for several hours, the size could have been anywhere from 50 gallons to 300 gallons. That made clean-up difficult. more